Every year, one the main projects of the HPVDT is to build a bike for the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. The team is hard at work finishing the design for this year’s bike, and fabrication has started.
Here, several team members are working on their designs.
Meanwhile, in an adjacent room, the seismic design team is building a balsa wood tower for a competition in April.
Bill working on a component mold.
Evan poses with the halves of the plug for the body.
Here is the plug glued together. You can get a sense of the shape of the bike.
Alert readers will see the similarity to Vortex, which was the second ASME bike built by the team. It won the overall title at the 2011 ASME HPVC East competition. You can see glimpses of it in its raw carbon state in this ASME video.
Here is Vortex sitting in a back storeroom.
After winning at ASME, Vortex went on to be raced at numerous races in the US Midwest, and was run every year at the WHPSC in Battle Mountain. The number on the side commemorates the fact that last September, Vortex made its 100th run at WHPSC, which was the most of any vehicle at that competition.
After Vortex, the team went on to try a variety of designs for ASME, including a streamliner
a faired trike
a leaning trike
and an unfaired lowracer. (Note that Sherry’s feet are not on the pedals in this pic)
Last year’s design, Cyclone, was based on Vortex, but it was not completed in time to run at the competition.
Tempest is another Vortex based bike, but with a refined shape. We plan to have it ready, running, and tested before ASME East which is at the end of the third week in April.